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Schools foundation making 'richer experience for kids'

After 25 years of raising money for public schools in Champaign and Urbana, giving grants to teachers and enriching the educational experience of thousands of students, the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation is turning 25.


Bay Harbor files for bankruptcy protection

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign apartment rental business has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Bay Harbor Apartments LLC is seeking to reorganize its debts as a result of the March 18 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Danville.

The company, represented by Champaign attorney Brett Kepley, reported total assets of $2.89 million and total liabilities of $8.82 million.


Life Remembered: Shields 'respected and a real gentleman'

Colleagues remember Lyle Shields as a gentleman who was easy to work with on the Champaign County Board.

Mr. Shields, who died Friday at the age of 89, served on the Champaign County Board for 41 years, including 10 years (1986-1996) as its chairman.


Wines at the Pines closing

Inventory discounted as shop wraps up 3-year run at shopping center

URBANA — Wines at the Pines plans to close April 27 after a 3-1/2-year run at The Pines shopping center in southeast Urbana.

The shop, which sells wines, craft beers and coffee, opened in 2009 at 2860 S. Philo Road, U.


Election day is here

URBANA — Roughly 5 percent of the people expected to vote in Tuesday's local elections have already cast their ballots, according to the Champaign County clerk, and about 26,000 people will vote Tuesday if it is anything like the last comparable election.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


County nursing home census dips

URBANA — The average daily census at the Champaign County Nursing Home dropped to its lowest level in more than three years last month, but the facility's manager said he did not believe it was because of reports of an increase in deaths there over the winter.


Homer rejects selling non-potable water to mine

HOMER — The Homer Village board voted unanimously Monday to deny a request by Sunrise Coal for up to 540,000 gallons of non-potable water.

The move came less than a month after the same board voted 4-3 to provide treated water and sewer services to the coal company.


Assessor candidate's residency questioned

URBANA — Democrats are again questioning the legal residency of Laura Sandefur, the independent candidate for Cunningham Township assessor, after a mail piece sent by her campaign this weekend.

Sandefur is challenging incumbent Cunningham Township assessor Dan Stebbins in Tuesday's municipal election.


School board hears about pilot alternative to suspension

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board heard Monday about a program that could provide students a chance to learn academics and social skills and catch up on homework, rather than being suspended out of school.

The board is expected to vote April 22 on the program, which would be a one-year pilot.


Work to close section of Neil Street

CHAMPAIGN — Both lanes of Neil Street will be closed in downtown Champaign for about a week while fire and water services are being connected to the new Hyatt Place development at 217 N. Neil St.

Neil Street will be closed between Church Street and Park Avenue beginning Tuesday. Southbound traffic on Neil Street will be directed both east and west at Church Street.